Chow Chun Fai was born in Hong Kong in 1980. He graduated with a BFA and MFA from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Working as an artist for over 10 years, Chow is also a recognized political activist in Hong Kong, as the chairman of Fotanian Artist Village and member of Factory Artists Concern Group.
Primarily working as a painter, Chow depicts the city landscape through an ordinary Hong Kongese’s perspective reflected through his earlier series of taxi cars. His recent works incorporate stills and subtitles from classical Hong Kong movies from the New Wave cinema movement. Capturing diversified movie scenes, the artist encloses the perplexing local culture of Hong Kong, especially the emergence of social tension generated by the sociopolitical upheaval in Hong Kong since 1997 through his paintings. Appropriating many of the movies that encapsulate collective memories among generations of Hong Kongers, Chow Chun Fai reveals the struggle and the anxiety experienced by the city in response to the critical, yet unsettled, question of localness and identity that constantly redefines Hong Kong.
Chow Chun Fai’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions including, CHOW Chun Fai: I Have Nothing to Say, Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong (2015); Cultural Rights-Artist Running An Election, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong (2013); Shanghai Tan-Paintings by CHOW Chun Fai, Aike-Dellarco, Shanghai (2008). He has also exhibited in group shows worldwide including Dialogue with Contemporary Japanese Art, China Cultural Centre, Tokyo, Japan (2017); Evolving Images: Modern Hong Kong Printkmaking, Sun Museum, Kowloon, Hong Kong (2017); Chinese Whispers Recent Art from the Sigg und M+ Sigg Collections, Kunstmuseum Bern, Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Switzerland (2016); The Past Continuing, Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Hong Kong (2015); All Are Guests-Homecoming, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong (2015); Light and Shadows - Caravaggio: The Italian Baroque Master, Asia Society, Hong Kong (2015); Hong Kong Eye, Saatchi Gallery, London (2012); Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool (2012); Legacy and Creation - Art vs Art, MOCA, Shanghai (2010); Second Skin - CHOW Chun Fai & Wilson Shieh, Osage Gallery, Singapore (2009); Beautiful Journey-Beautiful World, West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong (2008); and Hong Kong Art Biennial Exhibition 2003, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong (2003).
Chow Chun Fai currently lives and works in Hong Kong.